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Catching-Up-and-My-Favorite-ThingsWOW, it feels like it has been forever since I did anything in the blogging community! While I was on my much needed vacation with my husband last week, I took a short break from doing anything involving a computer. The two of us went to my happy place, the BEACH, not only to celebrate my birthday, but also our 8 year wedding anniversary ❤. We had an amazing time together and had absolutely beautiful weather! It was so great being far away from the stresses of work and be able to just sit back listening to the ocean waves! I honestly find the sight and sounds of the ocean 🌊, while reading a great book to be the best way to relax and refresh!

I am very far behind on reading all of your posts, which I already know are fantastic. its-been-a-whileUnfortunately, I do have to work the weekend so I can’t say I will be able to catch up, but I will still try.

Considering I have been away for almost 2 weeks now, how have y’all been doing? I hope you are feeling well and your month has started off great! October is beautiful and my favorite month, which I am not just saying that because it is the month I was married in. I have always enjoyed the change in weather during October. Normally it isn’t too hot and not that cold, it is just right! Sounds kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but yet so true! Of course the southern states are not always on the same page with my thought process and it was in the high 90’s ☀ for the first week of October, but thankfully over the weekend the temperatures are going to drop! It is crazy though because when I say the temperatures are going to drop, I mean drop more than 20 degrees in one day!

Like I already stated, my husband and I had a wonderful vacation. Of course it wasn’t long c620x376enough and it was painful to return to work. The insane thing is we didn’t get home until the early morning hours and I had to work that day. I was so exhausted; nothing bothered me at all because my mind was still at the beach and maybe I was half asleep still. Of course things not bothering me only lasted half a day and I will tell you more about this later. My boss is still the same idiot he has always been!

For my birthday we had a lovely dinner at a restaurant that was oceanfront 🌊! vacation and celebrationConsidering we were at the beach during the off season it wasn’t overly crowded, which was great! Thankfully my husband did not tell the waitress it was my birthday, so I didn’t have to deal with the wait staff singing happy birthday to me and embarrassing me. I do not like to be center of attention and would prefer to go unnoticed! 

The day after my birthday we went to another oceanfront restaurant to celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary ❤! Back to back celebrations were nice and peaceful! It is so hard to believe we have already been married for 8 years ❤, I mean where does the time go? I still remember the day my husband proposed like it was yesterday and that was 9 years ago!

Sunrise at the beachI don’t know about you, but before last week there were times I was awake at sunrise, but never actually watched the sunrise. Standing out on the beach in the early morning hours watching the sun come up was a beautiful sight and pretty powerful! It really is amazing to watch as the sun slowly makes its way up to shine light on us all around the world! To think the sun I watched come up will also be seen on the other side of the world at some point. 

The weather was so clear we were even able to watch the sunset! The sun sets slowly over sunset at the beachthe horizons and it is quite magical, especially near the ocean! Of course I do think everything is magical and hypnotizing when I am at the beach!

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and you are able to enjoy every moment of it. I will be back to my normal routine next week and maybe even some extra surprises. I want to thank you for stopping by my site today and please know that I always appreciate your comments. Please never forget that no matter how busy I am, I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday

5afdae460fa899918ce4403eaf11d0ffHappy Monday y’all! The alarm clock going off on Monday morning is never the most pleasant sound, but it is the start to a new week to do anything we might have missed out on last week. On another note, the weekend does seem to get shorter and shorter each week. Of course this past weekend I dealt with a massive migraine that I thought was literally trying to kill me! My guess is that my miserable migraine on Saturday evening into Sunday morning was all due to the rain we had, but I tend to always blame the rain for anything bad that happens. There was so much rain, my front yard looks like a small pond, but without the ducks! Last week, there was one day that included three season in a 24 hour period! I am not even joking it started off cold like winter is supposed to be, by noon it was more like spring and by 3:00 it was summer! In all my years I have never experienced weather that was so confused. I am starting to think that Mother Nature is going through something pretty serious and she needs help!hqdefault

Today, many companies are closed due to it is Martin Luther King Jr. day and I fully support this holiday. Unfortunately, my company is not closed so I will be at work like normal. I think this man deserves to be remembered and respected for all the sacrifices he made and the determination he held onto!

Martin Luther King Jr. did some amazing things for humanity and equality and sadly it seems too many MLK-2020people have forgotten his work. There is far too much hatred and racial injustice going on and it is 2020. I feel that we need to evolve with the times and NOT continue to devolve. In my opinion, all the American’s that have decided it is okay to discriminate against someone that isn’t white, is disrespecting the great Martin Luther King Jr. and it just isn’t right. We all need to remember the words this man spoke and the fight he was so passionate about, not just today, but everyday! There is no one person of any race, sex, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and so on that is better than another! We are all human and we all have feelings! 1481750406_867_50-best-positive-quotes-with-pictures

My rant about Martin Luther King Jr. can stop now and I will carry on with my normal Motivational Monday quote, because I have a pretty amazing quote I want to share with y’all today! I believe this quote is extremely powerful and can serve to help us all remember that even the smallest steps we make in any direction, can have a huge impact on our lives. Each and everyone of us has great strength, after-all look what we have to live with! I do hope this quote will start your week off knowing how amazing you are and what you are capable of! I of course really look forward to its monday sparkle and shinereading what you thought about it and if it inspired you to keep moving!

Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope your weekend was amazing and you felt well enough to enjoy each moment of it! Hopefully your day goes great and there is not anything holding you back! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Poverty in America Awareness Month

National-Poverty-in-America-Awareness-Month-FII am ashamed to admit this, but until recently I did not know January was Poverty in America Awareness Month. I guess the truth is I did not realize how much an issue poverty was in the United States and knowing this now, I wish there was something I could do to help those in need. I think the only thing I can do is help spread the awareness of poverty.

Heartland Alliance is an organization based in Chicago Illinois, opened by the founder Jane Addams in 1988. This fabulous organization is meant to bring health care, hhcs-logo-webhousing, and support to those facing homelessness. This organization was first responders during the Great Depression and assisted with finding homes for those that did not have a home. They also assisted with recovery when vets came home from WW1 and WW2. Heartland Alliance has severed 500,000 people yearly, including refugees, those that were experiencing homelessness and chronic illnesses and those in sheer need of justice.

Heartland Alliance helps those falling on hard times by focusing attention on 6 f164b6ae93880c29333fddbba202c248fundamentals that will help for a successful outcome.

  1. Housing– A home offers people with safety, stability, and comfort, which can also give success with education, employment and create a building on wealth a viable goal. Five years ago in 2015, 38% of renters were burdened with rent and 17% were severely burdened with rent. This can mean these people were barely able to make their rental payments and still provide food on the table. Emergency, transitional, and permanent housing support is just one step towards an individual’s success.
  2. Health– Sadly enough, low-income Americans are higher risks to have heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic conditions in comparison to higher-income Americans. The poor health of an individual only further contributes to a reduction of income creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to get out and alsopoverty1 known as the health poverty trap.
  3. Education- The best-case scenario for many American’s is they have at least $1,000 in a savings account and the worst-case scenario is they have ZERO in a savings account. To end poverty, Americans need to be able to build and not simply and barely live paycheck to paycheck. Heartland Alliance offers programs connecting people with the resources and education on how to not only build but maintain a savings account they had never been previously offered.
  4. Opportunity- People are impacted by poverty when trying to get employment. Many people are forced to stay in a job where they might be mistreated, feel unsafe or are being taken advantage of.

Helen-Poverty-TWUnfortunately, individuals without access to fair employment can fall further into poverty. We all already know that income for work provides the means for necessities in life. Society should never force people to choose between their dignity and a paycheck, they should be a given right.

  1. Safety- It is downright sad that poor households nationwide suffer higher rates of violence. When the underlying quality of life is made better, the insurance of an adequate life free of poverty and violence is much more likely.
  2. Justice- The fight or economic justice and quality has been going on for years. Many 77967bc219dea43fc0448e88bb29802e--homeless-kids-homeless-sheltersprograms assist in this fight which includes ACLU- American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, etc.

The NAACP, Legal Defense, and Educational Fund was founded in 1940 and served as the country’s first eve civil and human right legal organization. The founder of this organization was none other than Thurgood Marshall. This was during a time when that nation’s yearning for equality was being ignored due to the widespread amount of racial inequality.

I am going to share a few programs that were created to reach out to those in need.

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Provide Food, Shelter, Counseling and Support:

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Poverty in America Awareness Month_social mediaThe NAACP Foundation the best they can ensure that every person is treated fairly and is extended opportunities without race, gender, creed, religion or sexual orientation considered. The foundation will provide all children to equal quality education for academic success and will have the means to become productive individuals in society. The NAACP Foundation utilizes the Association’s Scholarship Program to promote higher education. This scholarship program acts to eliminate the roadblocks many of the youth faces today.

There are several scholarships available to those interested and qualify for. The NAACP_logoscholarships include Earl G. Graves, Agnes Jones Jackson, Historically Black College and University Scholarships and the Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship. The scholarships have awarded over $600,000 to students, which have helped with combating the cost of college that are on a steady increase. More than 300,000 young people have benefited from these scholarships since 1977.

I believe that in 2020 something must be done to lower or eliminate the number of individuals living in the United States of America in poverty. In the list of wealthiest countries, the United States falls at 12. It would seem our poverty rate would much lower than it is, instead of having 40.6 million American’s trying to survive poverty.

We might all just simply say, “What can I do to help this devastating issue?” Some maybankex 1 just try to turn their head when we see a homeless person on the street because we do not know what we can do; after all, we have a family to care for and sometimes are barely making it. It is time we wake up and fight for those dealing with catastrophic struggles.

A few things we can do to help those living in disastrous times are: we can take the time to write to our Congressional representatives demanding stable work schedules for those in a low tax bracket and equal pay for any given job. When writing to those that have the power to make a change, we should require after school programs that provide meals and support for the innocent children. Sadly children who come from impoverished homes are often forgotten. These children face so many challenges with their education and it isn’t fair. handouts-are-not-going-to-end-global-poverty-but-work-real-work-just-might-545f710e32d897e24588d7cfbbf09d7dAgain, there are things we can do with a little effort including:

  • Reach out to local libraries for book donations.
  • Requests to the community for school supply donations.
  • Establish summer reading programs that will help lower-income children build on their reading skills.
  • Create donation drives to collect necessary items like food, clothing, toiletries, first aid items, blankets, furniture, etc

Instead of fighting against each other, we can start working together as American’s and 2348554-Leila-Janah-Quote-The-best-way-to-end-poverty-is-to-simply-giveturn things around for a greater good. I do not think is farfetched, but we can achieve so much if we stop the hatred and false judgments. I must believe we are better than some have been acting.

Thank you for visiting my site today. This post was sad, but this is a real issue that needs to be corrected. There are small things we can all do that may make a huge change in other’s life. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this devastating issue because I know y’all have a huge heart ❤ and this issue will cause you to think. I hope y’all are having a great weekend so far and of course I hope you are feeling well. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Let It Go Friday!

let go 19Happy Friday y’all! I hope you had a great week and you are looking forward to the weekend! We finally made it to the end of the week and we can now enjoy two days of freedom from the workplace. There will be no alarms waking us up and disturbing our dream land. There are so many times the alarm goes off at the wrong time we are awaken to reality, which isn’t always the greatest. The two days we have for a weekend go by so fast, so I hope you are able to enjoy them! 

While Friday is the end of the week, it can also be used to let go of anything that happened during the week that may have left us disappointed and upset. If you are anything like me, which for own benefit I 123e0bc7a8bb6a397c58502fd8f92fb6hope you aren’t because I tend to worry about everything and anything. The bad thing is I am logical enough to know that there is no amount of stress or worry that will charge the outcome of any situation, but yet I still can’t seem to stop the vicious cycle of worry and stress. Even though the quote I am sharing today does not have anything to do with letting go, it is a nice remind that worrying only prevents our own peace! I know it is easier said than done, but it is worth trying to not allow our worries to destroy our happiness and peace of mind! We only live once and should do all we can to enjoy the life we were given.

One way I have found helps me take a step back, breath, and move forward is music. I believe music can have a powerful impact on our lives if we try to listen not only to the musicwords, but the musical instruments as well. You might enjoy the sound of the beating drums or the strum of a guitar or the beauty of a piano, or just turning up the radio might help relieve the stress you are feeling. I know when I get home from work, I listen to random songs that ease my mind from the stresses  the day brought on me. I will listen to the music I treasure while writing a blog post or to completely zoning out not having to listen to any other difficulties.  The magical combination of music and writing serve as the best form of therapy, or at least it does for me. At the end of the day, what do you do to unwind from a long day? There is no right or wrong answer, what works for one person might not help another in the same way. I am planning to get caught up on posts from my blogger friends this week and I will definitely have the music playing in my ear to do this!hqdefault (1)

I am looking forward to reading your comments on the quote I shared and your answers to the question I asked, no pressure though! Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and it is followed by a joyful weekend doing what brings you the most happiness! Please never forget images (1)that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes! I do want to ask one more thing from y’all, please keep those in Australia in your thoughts and prayers and send them as many positive vibes and love ❤ as you possibly can, they can definitely use your kind thoughts! It breaks my heart to know what they are going through and seeing the innocent animals on the news is crushing.

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick Me Up Thursday!

images (9)Happy Friday Eve y’all! Can you believe we have almost made it through another week of 2020? How was your week? I do hope it was a good one and of course, you are looking forward to a calm and uneventful weekend! After the week I have had an uneventful would seem like a gift!

Monday and Tuesday I had to stay home because of pain and dizzy spells, it was awful! I will say that yesterday I did feel a little better, but I definitely wasn’t 100%. The funny thing is, the one person that showed compassion is the one person that supports that man in office. She might be the last person I would have expected to not only support such a person, but to care about my well-being. Isn’t it amazing how wrong you can be when you form an opinion based on certain things?

As always, I have a quote I am hoping will serve as a Pick Me16_5 Up Thursday! Thankfully, we only have one day left until the much deserved weekend will be here! I do look forward to reading your comments because I know you will bring additional insight to an already fantastic quote! Sometimes we might go through something awful and finding happiness is very difficult, but it is important we remember what brings us happiness because it is there somewhere! We might just have to dig a little deeper and hold onto our strengths and faith in goodness!

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I do always your continued and valued support. I think it give us all encouragement to know that someone cares and is willing to stand by us. Even though I am extremely far behind on reading your amazing posts and being able to comment, please know I have not forgotten you and never will. I am sorry images (1)that I am this far behind, but between my husband’s birthday and feel awful at the beginning of the week I am behind too far, but I will make this all right again!

I hope you have a lovely day and you are feeling well. It isn’t always easy to not get stressed, especially towards the end of the week, but causing ourselves stress will not change anything. ❤ I also want to ask for your continued well wishes for those in Australia because they are going through things we could never understand.  Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, compassion, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday

5afdae460fa899918ce4403eaf11d0ffHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can. Are you ready to start this week off with strong optimism and pure determination to make the week ahead of us successful beyond measure? It is crazy to think that it is technically winter in the United States, but it feels like springtime with warmth and images (4)many rainy days. I really wish I could send all the rain we are expecting over this next week to Australia where they need it! I mean we have had so much rain lately  our front yard looks like a some kind of swimming pool. 

I think we should try the best we can to go into this week with goals that we will meet and an endless amount of passion for life! The quote I wanted to share with y’all this Monday will hopefully offer y’all some additional motivation for a beautiful week ahead of us! 9b9b0687163d106ecba6cac948c3fa5d

I do believe the sooner we realize that there is a limited amount of control we have over make it part of the danceany events in our life, but we can control the way we respond! I am very excited to read your thoughts on this quote and I do know your thoughts will be as brilliant and beautiful as you already are.

Thank you so much for visiting my site at the start of this new week. I hope your week starts well and only gets better as each day passes. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS love  ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

 

Worlds of Pain

HEARTThere are so many awful things going on around the world and it is very heartbreaking. I don’t even know where to start because it isn’t just in the United States; the tragedies are spread throughout the entire world and seem endless. One thing that isn’t new and has been building for at least 3 years is the spread of hatred in the United States and really the entiredont-blindly-follow-any-leader-quote-1 world. I don’t even know why I am surprised anymore because too many people are willing to just follow blindly instead of being fully aware of the damage their hate is causing others. I understand we are only a few weeks into 2020, but you would think by now we would be more progressive rather than have digressed drastically. Unfortunately, I think those that are naïve enough to reality just continue to live like they are better than everyone else, when the truth is we are all humans with a beating heart and emotions.

people-helped-save-animals-fire-australia-fb23-png__700Considering I do have a strong love for animals and humankind, it hurts me to my core with what is going on in Australia. I can’t for one moment understand why some people in this beautiful country would intentionally start these deadly fires. I do not and never will what brings someone to do something so harmful and destructive.

The massive numbers of animals that have lost their lives because of these fires are f295df68-fe43-4c0b-be35-bc383fb4756e_360x203staggering. It is breaking my heart into millions of pieces as I am writing this because there have already been around half a billion animals affected by the fires and millions more have died. According to the Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, almost a third of the koalas have been killed and a third of their habitat has been completely destroyed.

imgonline-com-ua-resize-GUCFfMpS1R6mAt this time 24 people have been charged with intentionally setting the fires. According to the New South Wales police department, there are also another 183 people that are facing legal action. For those that start fires deliberately and act recklessly with the spread of fires, they could be facing up to 21 years in prison. Personally, I do not think 21 years in prison is punishment enough, not only for the catastrophic damage left behind but the deaths of human and animal life.AUSSIE

These horrific fires are in every Australian state, but New South Wales has definitely taken the hardest hit. A state of disaster was declared in Victoria and a state of emergency declared in New South Wales in early January. In November, Queensland also declared a state of

emergency. All of this together has granted remarkable powers and additional government resources to help contain the fires. Thankfully, more than 2,000 fire fighters are working on the ground in New South Wales, with more from the United States, maxresdefaultCanada, and New Zealand on their way to assist.

Another topic that comes with various opinions that is causing difficulties for all living creatures is climate change. I think some are a little confused about what climate change means. Some will even try saying it is “fake news”, but it is very real. Climate change is any significant change in the measures of climate that lasts for an extended period of time. Basically, climate change is major changes in the images (1)temperatures, precipitation, and or wind patterns, among other effects that occur over several decades or longer. Think about how the weather has been behaving over the past few years, do you remember what the temperature was three years ago today? It is supposed to be winter where I live, but it is feels more like spring time. The temperatures significantly  warmer than they were a 2.2few years ago and there are so many rainy days, which I hate complaining about with all Australia is going through right now. I am very curious, do you remember what the weather was a like a few years ago? Do you notice a noticeable change? How can some ignorant people still insist that climate change and global warming is fake news? When are people going to wake up and take action to save our images (1)planet?

In 2020 the amount of hardships throughout the world seem like they are never-ending and strengthening day by day. I did only discuss a few because I didn’t want to torment you by having y’all read a short story detailing everything that is difficult that most, if not all of us are dealing with today. Considering I am logical enough to know I do not have the power to change or save the world. All I can really do is continue to hold onto hope and share information and positivity as much as I can. And I know I went on and on about the tragic events in Australia, but I just can’t ignore this because way too many innocent people had their world turned upside down. Besides from keeping Australia in our thoughts, I think we need to always remember the US military has been sent to Iran at the order from Donald Trump. There has already been one images (2)missile strike out of revenge for the US strike that killed the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani. I think there has already been too many killed and the blood shed needs to end, we certainly do not need another 9/11 because of starting battles between countries.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site. I am sure what I wrote today shows how I feel about everything. I wish CQvxHiZWIAAQ-fqeveryone could learn to get along, be kind and respectful to one another, and stop the killings. I know there probably will never be world peace during lifetime, but I do hope it will happen someday. I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend and you are feeling well. I am looking forward to reading your comments on this post! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Let It Go Friday

enjoy your FridayHappy Friday y’all! I hope your week was great and of course you are feeling the best you can. I know I told y’all yesterday that my week was very hectic, and I am so glad the weekend is finally here. It is going to be great not having all the limitations I do during the week and be a little freer. This will sound crazy to say, but my plans for the weekend are to dive deeper into the freelance writing world and hopefully have a game plan for my first steps. It is also my husband’s birthday on Sunday, so we will have a little celebration for him!

I have what I think is a great quote to end the week with. As y’all are already well aware, I think Friday is a perfect day to let go of any negative feelings we might have and anything that may not have gone as we planned during the week. Any goals we could have missed during the week, we can just try again next week with a clean slate!letgowhatcannotchange

I hope you found lots of meaning to the quote I shared with y’all today and hope it gives you the extra drive to finish the week out. Now that the weekend is finally here I hope you can enjoy every minute of it! Do what you love and enjoy because our imageshappiness is extremely important. At the end of the day we are the only ones that are responsible for our own happiness and we just have to aim for it! Even though it might seems like it sometimes, creating happiness in our lives isn’t selfish and  only makes those around us happier as well!

I hope your Friday is great and you are looking forward to the weekend. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this quote and even more happy to have time this weekend to get caught up with the blogging community. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤